Have you ever wondered where the McNair Scholars Program gets the money it uses to fund student research? Where does the money come from to support student travel to present research at conferences, and to visit graduate school programs?
The McNair Scholars Program is one of the federally funded TRIO programs, which include the following:
- Educational Opportunity Centers
- Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
- Student Support Services
- Talent Search
- Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs Staff
- Upward Bound
- Upward Bound Math-Science
- Veterans Upward Bound
McNair is one of these eight TRIO programs that are funded through the Department of Education. The programs are designed to help first-generation, low income students, and students underrepresented in higher education, gain knowledge, access and resources to excel in higher education. The goal of McNair is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.
The McNair Scholars Program is funded by your tax dollars!
In 2012, the Department of Education cut $10 million from the McNair Scholars Program. Fifty McNair programs at colleges and universities around the United States were eliminated and services to 1,300 college students were lost. The Council for Opportunity in Education is working to convince Congress to replace these funds, restoring the student losses and enhancing the purchasing power of current grant dollars.
Elections matter! If you value programs like McNair, be sure you exercise your civic duty to register to vote and then – VOTE! Vote in every election! Educate yourself on the issues and where the two parties stand, and make your opinion heard.
The future of programs like McNair depends on you.